Additional Learning Obligations (ALO)
MANAGEMENT of ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (ALO)
REGULATIONS OF THE DEGREE COURSE IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY
- Admission to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery is subject to a national entrance exam.
- In order to be admitted to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, students are required to possess a 5 year senior secondary school (5 year course) leaving certificate or other foreign comparable qualifications which are recognized and certified by the current laws.
- In order to attend the course, students are, moreover, required to possess an adequate initial preparation for the courses according to the current laws.
- The entrance exam to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, with threshold qualification requirements set out by a Ministerial Decree and published annually, also attests the minimum requirements for admission as regards the subjects set out by the Ministry.
Should students not meet the requirements in Physics and Mathematics (a score below 25% of the total score) in the entrance exam or admitted students do not reach the minimum threshold, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil additional learning obligations as arranged by the Physics lecturer.
Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher will be verified and evaluated as laid down by the Rules and Conditions of the Course of Medicine and Surgery.
Should students not possess a B2 level certification, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil additional learning obligations before the actual Medical Language exam, as arranged by the English lecturer.
WHICH STUDENTS WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (ALO)?
- ALO Physics & Mathematics: students who obtained a score below 4 for the section on Physics & Mathematics;
- ALO English Language: students who do not possess an approved English Language Certificate (B2 level and higher) or senior secondary school leaving certificate (GCSE Highers, GCSE A Levels, SQA Highers, HND, above all in ENGLISH) and/or an ACCREDITED AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL Diploma, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAM or equivalent, and students who do not take or pass the ALO Test.
WHICH LEARNING ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED TO ALO STUDENTS?
- ALO Physics & Mathematics: the Physics lecturer has drawn up a detailed Syllabus which students are to follow and know using the E-learning tools on the Moodle platform.
- ALO English Language: the English Language lecturer has drawn up a detailed Syllabus which students are to follow and know using guided study.
HOW SHOULD STUDENTS WITH ALO PROCEED?
- ALO Physics & Mathematics: Students are to follow one of the two the specific activities aimed at fulfilling the requirements laid down in the syllabus. These are: (1) Review lessons and exercises that will take place during the first part of the second semester, just before the start of the actual Physics course lessons (this solution is strongly advised); (2) Use PDFs and MP3s specifically prepared for this purpose, uploaded on the eLearning/Moodle site of the Physics course. The latter solution allows a self-paced preparation but is strongly discouraged, since it is much less effective than solution (1). Details of learning requirements can be found in the eLearning/Moodle site of the Physics course.
- ALO English Language: Students are to follow the specific activities aimed at fulfilling the requirements laid down in the syllabus, meaning they are required to know and be able to apply English grammar structures, vocabulary as regards the four main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking at a B2 level of English (or higher), as per FCE/TOEFL/IELTS programme.
HOW CAN STUDENTS PROVE THEY HAVE FULFILLED THEIR OBLIGATIONS?
- ALO Physics & Mathematics: the physics teacher will verify the preparation by the written Physics exam that each student is to undertake (because all the subjects treated in the Review lessons are to be used to solve the exercises which are the subject of the Physics course itself)
- ALO English Language: the English teacher will verify the B2 level of English by a Written and Oral Test. It is to be taken before the Medical Language exam The written test will have a duration of 1 hour and will consist of a reading and comprehension exercise with multiple choice questions, a cloze test (gapfill) and an open cloze test. The oral test will consist of a conversation in English and the description of two photographs (comparing and contrasting). A minimum pass will be considered as 18/30.